Cal Looks to Rebound with Home Bout Against Denver
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Release:  11/25/2011

Nov. 25, 2011

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Game #6
No. 20 California (4-1) vs. Denver (4-0)
Haas Pavilion | Berkeley, Calif.
Saturday, Nov. 26 - 2 p.m. PT
Series Record: California leads, 2-0
Last Meeting: Cal 96, DU 82 (Feb. 3, 1968 | Denver, Colo.)
Radio: KNEW 910AM (Roxy Bernstein and Todd McKim)
TV/Web: All-Access
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Game #7
No. 20 California (4-1) vs. McNeese State (2-2)
Haas Pavilion | Berkeley, Calif.
Monday, Nov. 28 - 7:30 p.m. PT
Series Record: First meeting
Last Meeting: First meeting
Radio: KNEW 910AM (Roxy Bernstein and Todd McKim)
TV/Web: All-Access
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BERKELEY - The Golden Bears look to rebound after suffering their first loss, this season, as the take on Denver in a Saturday matinee. The last time a Mike Montgomery squad lost to a Missouri team, it came back to win nine games in a row in 2008-09, his first at Cal.

After splitting games on a neutral court, the Bears will be glad to see the friendly confines of Haas Pavilion, where they are 4-0, this year, and 23-3 in non-conference games under Montgomery's direction. All three losses came, a season ago, the last of which was a 78-63 defeat at the hands of a third-ranked Kansas squad on Dec. 22.

Though Cal plays the next two at home, the Bears will face six of its next seven opponents, in Berkeley. Cal has faced Denver just twice in program history and earned wins in each of those meetings in the late 1960's.

The Bears have looked to seniors Jorge Gutierrez and Harper Kamp, this season, and will continue to do so as it enters the first Pac-12 conference season in school history. Gutierrez shares team-high honors with sophomore G Allen Crabbe with a 13.0 ppg average. Kamp puts in 9.8 ppg and grabs 6.4 rebounds per outing. Freshman F David Kravish has impressed, early, with 6.2 points per contest and 6.4 boards per game.

GAME RECAP (MISSOURI): The 20th-ranked Golden Bears suffered their first loss of the season, 92-53, to No. 21 Missouri in the championship game of the 2011 Progressive CBE Classic at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. Plagued by early fouls and turnovers, Cal shot under 30 percent from the field for the game in the 39-point defeat. Senior G Jorge Gutierrez led the team with 11 points to go with three rebounds and was selected to the Progressive CBE Classic All-Tournament team. Sophomore G Justin Cobbs put up 10 points and grabbed four rebounds to go with a career-high four steals. Sophomore F Richard Solomon dropped in eight points and collected five rebounds while freshman F David Kravish put up six points to go with five boards in front of a big Missouri crowd. The Tiger defense suffocated Cal's offensive efforts, forced 21 turnovers, and collected enough fouls to disqualify two Bears (Gutierrez and Solomon). Missouri had six players in double figures and was led by senior G Kim English who had 19 points. The Tigers' senior G Marcus Denmon received tournament MVP honors after posting 18 points, six rebounds, and four assists against the Bears. Cal surrendered more than 90 points to an opponent since it gave up 109 to Washington on Feb. 10, last season.

THE BIG DRIVE: Cal's Bear Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is sponsoring its annual canned food drive against Stanford--more commonly known as The Big Drive--a competitive food drive between Stanford's and Cal's Athletic Departments. The 2011 Big Drive will take place throughout the month of November and all collected items will be donated to Alameda County Food Bank. Cal student-athletes will be collecting non-perishable food items at the Bears' home games against Denver (Nov. 26) and McNeese State (Nov. 28).